The NCA Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

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Please join the division and caucus for panels and business meetings at the NCA convention in Chicago! 2013 business meeting minutes are attached below:

Caucus Minutes 2013

Division Minutes 2013

NCA Calls

The NCA submission deadline is March 26. See the calls for the division and caucus below:

General Call for GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division invites submissions for NCA’s 100th Annual Convention. The theme for the convention is “the Presence of our Past(s)” which we can be read as a call to be reflexive about the past, present, and future of the GLBTQ Studies Division and its role within the National Communication Association. Although many of our submissions are centered in the communicative practices and/or representations of sexual and gender minorities, we are particularly interested in papers, performances, sessions, and panels that take an intersectional approach to GLBTQ studies, including those addressing the experiences of queer people of color, queerness and disability studies, and transgender identities.

As part of the 100th anniversary we are also interested in panels that take stock of our history and scholarship that has advanced the discipline. Some question or themes these panels might explore are: What role have people of color and qpoc scholarship played in the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division? What scholarship produced by members of our Division greatly advanced academic research and conversations? How has scholarship produced by and about queer, bisexual, transgender, and lesbian women helped to transform the face of the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division? Submissions that take stock of our history or scholarship may take the form of panels dedicated to specific research articles or issues. Additionally, the division welcomes all methodological and theoretical perspectives as well as papers, performances, and panels conversant across the other units of our organization. Please note: Applicants can submit one and only one paper or performance in which they are the primary author of the work.

The deadline for submissions is March 26th 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time at the NCA Submission Central Website.

Competitive Submissions Guidelines

Individual paper submissions should:

include a title and a description of no more than 300 words;
identify all authors(s);
list three keywords;
upload a copy of the paper, not to exceed 30 pages (12 point font), including notes, references, figures, and/or tables;
not identify the author(s) anywhere in the description or the uploaded essay (student papers should be designated as “student authored” in the electronic submission process); and,
indicate whether or not the author(s) would be willing to present in the Scholar to Scholar (S2S) sessions by checking the appropriate agreement box.

Paper session proposals should:

provide a title for the session;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
include the title, description (less than 500 words), and author(s) for each paper presentation;
list three keywords; and,
provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words).

Panel discussion proposals or performance centered panels should:

provide a title for the panel discussion;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a list of discussants and a session chair (required); and,
provide a rationale for the panel or performance, including each discussant’s qualifications to address the proposed topics (less than 1000 words).

Performance session proposals should:

provide a title for the session;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
include the title, description (less than 500 words), and performer(s) for each performance; and,
provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words).

ALL AV (audio/visual) requests must be made at the time of submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library

Each submission should be made to one unit only.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the unit planner, Bernadette Marie Calafell at bcalafel@du.edu.

 
General Call for the Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
Submissions Open: Mon, 1/13 2014 12:00 AM EDT
Submissions Close: Thu, 3/27 2014 3:00 AM EDT
NCA 2014 Call for Submissions
Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
November 20-23, 2014 Chicago, IL
2014 PROGRAM PLANNER
Michael A. Tew (Eastern Michigan University)
Vice Chair, Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns
CAUCUS SUBMISSION CRITERIA
The Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns welcomes submissions of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that foster political awareness and public advocacy on issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Voices from these communities and their allies are particularly valued.
The 2014 convention theme is “The Presence of our Past(s): NCA at 100.” With this theme in mind, submitters are encouraged to explore the extent to which our past (or varying accounts of our pasts) has contributed to our present and possible future(s). Submitters are encouraged to consider how our intellectual traditions and practices have served (or not served) caucus, disciplinary, and community interests; how social, political, economic, and intellectual conditions have affected GLBTQ scholarship, theorizing, and advocacy; how organizational, institutional, and cultural forces have laid foundations for, faclitated, and/or prevented the inclusion of GLBTQ voices in academic contexts as well as contexts outside the academy; how obstacles faced by historically underrepresented groups in the field have/have not been identified and/or negotiated.
In addition to the general call, the Caucus also encourages panel discussion submissions relating to: GLBTQ advocacy; relationships between advocates, activists and academics; examination of persistent heteronormativity in the discipline and NCA; critical consideration of diversity and intersectionality in the caucus, discipline, and public advocacy; and interrogation of the theory/advocacy binary. If you have a panel idea but are not sure about finding other participants, feel free to contact the program planner for assistance.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 26, 2014  11:59 PST
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically to NCA Submission Central. Formats for uploaded files include Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, RTF, and JPG. More information is available on the NCA Convention Website at http://www.natcom.org/convention.
For Individual Papers, NCA Submission Central will ask you to indicate if your submission is a student paper.
For Individual Papers, NCA Submission Central will also ask you to indicate whether or not you would like you paper to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S). If you check this box during submission, the unit planner may forward your paper to the S2S unit if it includes visual images that may be more appropriate for table display and interactive discussion with “wandering scholars.” Note that NCA will not provide audio-visual equipment for S2S displays. Submitted Panel Discussions and Paper Sessions will not be sent for consideration for S2S.
Each submission should be made to only one unit (i.e., division, caucus, affiliate).

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PAPER
Submitted papers must include:

A title
A 250-500 word description
An uploaded copy of the paper with no more than 25 double-spaced pages of text, not including references
No information identifying the author within the uploaded abstract or text.

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION
Submitted paper sessions must include:

A title for the session
A very basic session description (75 words max.)
A list of chair(s) and respondent(s)
Titles and descriptions (150 words max.) along with author(s) for each paper
A session rationale (500 words max) including the session’s relevance to the Caucus

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION
Submitted panel discussions must include:

A title for the panel
A very basic panel description (75 words max.)
A list of presenters
A panel rationale (500 words max.) including the panel’s relevance to the Caucus

REQUESTING AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT
If you are considering a request for AV equipment, please read NCA’s Audio-Visual Equipment Policy, available in the Convention Resource Library on the NCA Website. NCA normally approves requests for internet, laptop audio, and LCD projectors, and this request must be made at the time of submission.
All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participation prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

Michael A. Tew
Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts
Eastern Michigan University
124 Quirk Building
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
mtew@emich.edu

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns of the National Communication Association, which is the association’s advocacy arm with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and represents over 1000 members of the association recommends that NCA members reject the proposed major change to the association and vote NO on the bylaw resolution during NCA’s annual election.

We believe that there are three primary issues with this wholesale change to the association governance. These three key issues should prevent NCA members from supporting the ballot measure. While the Caucus does believe that incremental changes are necessary to keep the association functioning smoothly, we also fervently believe that the proposed changes are not what our association needs right now.

1. NCA members have no provision to vote on final changes to the bylaws

We believe that the membership of the association should be given the right to review and approve final changes to the structure and function of NCA. According to the provisions of this bylaw change, the legislative assembly has the ability to change any provision during the 2014 meeting [1]; therefore, the document that the membership is voting on may not (and likely will not) be the finalized governance document of the association. Given the importance of this change, we firmly believe that NCA members should be given the ability to accept or reject the final governance document. Granting the 2014 Legislative Assembly discretion to make changes to the association’s legal, fiduciary, and policy-making abilities without approval of the membership violates the letter and spirit of NCA’s current constitution, which states; “after no less than 30 days following the distribution of a proposed amendment, a full membership ballot shall be distributed. A two-thirds majority of those voting shall be required for adoption of an amendment” [2]. There is no provision for NCA members to review and approve any changes that the 2014 Legislative Assembly make to the proposed bylaws. NCA members are being asked to vote on a draft of the association’s most important governance document. We find this unacceptable.

Therefore, we ask that NCA members reject this bylaw change and grant the 2014 legislative assembly the ability to present a finalized set of documents to the membership for ratification in 2015.

2. The proposed change removes the legislative powers of the Legislative Assembly.

While we understand that the association may need to consider changes to fiduciary policy, we believe that this proposed change in the structure of the association goes too far. Currently, the Legislative Assembly is the body charged with the duty to adopt and enforce the governance and public policies of NCA. In fact, our association’s current constitution clearly outlines this: “The legislative assembly shall be the principal policy making body of the association and shall be responsible for managing its resources and affairs” [3]. The proposed revision to the bylaws explicitly grants this provision to the Board of Governors as one of the outlined duties: “Adopt and enforce the policies of NCA.” [4]

The proposed revision of the bylaws relegates the legislative assembly to non-legislative tasks including recommending and providing feedback to the Board of Governors. However, the Board of Governors is under no obligation to follow the direction of the Legislative Assembly. The current structure of the association clearly provides the legislative assembly with policy-making abilities and the executive committee with policy-enforcing ability. We feel that this distinction has served our association well and provided a necessary check-and-balance on the governance of the association. While we appreciate the fact that legislative assembly will still be charged with the explicit duty to adopt “public policies”, the proposed bylaw change removes the association-level legislative duties from the Legislative Assembly [5]. We feel that this proposed change diminishes the ability for NCA members to have a voice in the regular functioning of the association. The Legislative Assembly is the direct voice of the membership. Without association-level policy-making powers, the Legislative Assembly serves nothing more than ceremonial functions.

We recommend that NCA members reject these proposed bylaws and grant the 2014 Legislative Assembly the ability to draft a modified structure that retains the association-level policy-making power of the Legislative Assembly.

3. The proposed policy-making “Board of Governors” would not be as diverse as the association at-large.

The authors of this proposed resolution were ostensibly concerned with diversity when they purposefully indicated that one person ought to explicitly represent diversity issues on the Board of Governors. That person would be given the title “Diversity Representative,” and would chair the association’s “diversity committee.” However, there was no consultation from the executive committee or any of the authors of this proposal with the association’s current Affirmative Action and Inter-caucus Committee (AAIC) in drafting this proposal. We assume that the AAIC would be renamed to the “diversity committee,” a name that is fraught with problems (again, that name was selected without consultation of the representative bodies). Importantly, since the “diversity chair” serves on the Board of Governors for a 3-year term, if that position were to rotate among the 6 caucuses equally, this means that each caucus would only have direct representation on the Board of Governors once every 18 years. Furthermore, under the proposal, members of the “diversity committee” do not pick their chairperson (the proposal indicates that the Committee on Committees would select the chair). Therefore, the “diversity representative” on the Board of Governors is not required to come from the membership of the caucuses. Additionally, caucuses are only able to appoint a member to the Diversity Committee for a one-year term, which directly violates many caucuses’ standing rules (for instance, the term for the Caucus on LGBTQ concerns is three years). These issues are of major concern to our caucus, as they represent a clear departure from the standard and very clearly-defined mechanisms for diversity enshrined in the current governance documents and policies of the association [6].

One of the valuable features of our current governance structure and function of the association is that each division, caucus, regional association, and group has explicit representation in the policy-making body of the association. Under the proposed structure, there would only be three at-large members appointed to the Board of Governors [7], thereby reducing the diversity of the policy-making board of the association.

We strongly encourage NCA members to reject this proposal and grant the AAIC the ability to provide specific policy recommendations about these changes to the 2014 Legislative Assembly for consideration.

We do believe that incremental change to the association’s governing documents and structure may be necessary to meet the needs of the association over the next 100 years. However, given these major objections, we encourage the association’s membership to reject this draft of the bylaws. If nothing more, the fact that NCA members are being asked to vote on an incomplete document should nullify any benefits suggested by members of the executive committee for such a wholesale change to our association’s governance.

[1] Page 148, 2013 Legislative Assembly Manual states “This means that the 2014 Legislative Assembly will retain the authority to make changes to the revision before it goes into effect.”

[2] NCA Constitution, Article X, Section 5.

[3] NCA Constitution, Article VI, Section 1

[4] Proposed Bylaws, Article III, Section 3 “Duties”

[5] see Proposed Bylaws, Article V, Section 3

[6] See NCA’s “Statement on Diversity” adopted 1995, reaffirmed 201.

[7] see Proposed Bylaws, Article III, Section 2

Congratulations to award winners Jamie Landau and Michaela Meyer! Image

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For more about the business meeting, see the meeting minutes from 2013 and 2012 here:

Caucus Minutes 2013

Caucus minutes 2012

 

 

LGBTQ Caucus Awards

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns is happy to announce the winners of our annual awards. Michaela Meyer was selected to receive the Randy Majors Award for outstanding contribution to scholarship on LGBTQ issues. Jamie Landau will receive the Lambda Award for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community and in particular her leadership in fostering an LGBTQ-supportive environment at Keene State College.

Please join us in congratulating the winners and consider joining us for the LGBTQ Social Hour at NCA on Thursday, November 22 at 3:30 in the Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South – Mezzanine Level. Free food will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

The GLBTQ Division and the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns are pleased to announce the recipients of our first annual book, dissertation and monograph of the year awards. Please join us in congratulating these individuals on their exceptional scholarship.

Book of the Year Award – to Tony Adams (Northeastern Illinois University) for “Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction.”

Dissertation of the Year Award – to Alyssa Samek (University of Maryland) for “Crafting Queer Identity, Building Coalitions, and Envisioning Liberation at the Intersections: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1970s Lesbian-Feminist Discourse.”

Monograph of the Year Award – to Joan Faber McAlister (Drake University) for “Figural Materialism: Renovating Marriage through the American Family Home” and to Jody Koenig Kellas (Univeristy of Nebraska) and Elizabeth “Beth” Suter (University of Denver) for “Accounting for Lesbian-Headed Families: Lesbian Mothers’ Responses to Discursive Challenges”

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns is now accepting nominations for the Randy Majors Memorial Award and Lambda Award (details below). Nominators should submit materials electronically (PDF preferred) to the NCA Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns Chair, Jon Hoffman, at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013

Information about the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division, as well as history of the awards can be found at: http://www.ncaglbtq.org/

Jon Hoffman

Caucus Chair 2013

RANDY MAJORS MEMORIAL AWARD:

The Randy Majors Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies.

Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any other NCA member is eligible, regardless of sexual identity. The NCA home page and member directory can be found at: www.natcom.org

To be considered, all nominations must include:

* A primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person contributes to LGBTQ communication scholarship.
* A current curriculum vitae for the nominee.
* One representative sample publication of the nominee’s scholarly work.

Nominations may optionally include:

* Up to 5 additional letters of support.

Nominators should submit the above materials electronically to the Caucus Chair, Jon Hoffman at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013.

LAMBDA AWARD:

The Lambda Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ academic community. The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns created the Lambda Award to honor significant contributions to the promotion of LGBTQ rights by means other than the production of scholarship. This might include extensive service to the LGBT community, notable campus activism, successful teaching of LGBTQ issues, or successful advising of LGBT students. Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any person or organization is eligible, regardless of sexual identity or political affiliation.

To be considered, all nominations must include:

* A primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person or organization contributes to the promotion of LGBTQ rights.
* Representative documentation of the nominee’s contributions.

Nominations may optionally include:

* Up to 5 additional letters of support.

Nominators should submit the above materials electronically to the Caucus Chair, Jon Hoffman at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013.

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